Howell Becomes PPACA Certified

WILKES-BARRE, Pa., June 26, 2013 – /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Roger G. Howell, President and COO of Howell Benefit Services, Inc recently became certified through The National Association of Health Underwriters' (NAHU) new professional development course on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). This continuing education course for agents has been approved in all 50 states, and Howell will receive 11 continuing education credits from the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance.

Howell completed this 10-hour course to receive the most up-to-date information on the key technical components of PPACA and is prepared to counsel his/her clients on upcoming required healthcare changes and new options for health plans.

"By taking this course, Roger has joined an elite group who is uniquely qualified to assist clients in complying with the new law," said NAHU CEO Janet Trautwein. "He understands how the market is likely to change over the next few years, and is in the perfect position to advise employers and individuals in planning for the future."

Topics of study include:

  • Implementing healthcare reform—overview and politics
  • Grandfathered plans and the small-business tax credit
  • Medicare Part D and non-discrimination rules
  • Patient protection and changes to consumer-directed health plans
  • Medical loss ratio requirements and tax implications
  • W-2 reporting, summary of benefits, waiting periods, essential benefits and community rating
  • Individual mandate, pre-existing conditions and rating reform
  • Health insurance exchanges for individuals and small employers
  • Employer pay or play
  • Self-insured plans

"We continue to evaluate and interpret PPACA updates daily from a variety of government, legal, and professional employee benefit sources. Since the law was signed by President Obama on March 23rd, 2010, over 20,000 pages of additional material has been issued by a host of federal agencies such as, HHS, CMS, DOL, the IRS and others. Experienced and credentialed NAHU Members must remain diligent and engaged by providing clients with the most accurate and useable information available in a very complex and unsettled environment," states Howell.

The course is delivered through NAHU's Online Learning Institute. More information is available at

The National Association of Health Underwriters represents 100,000 professional health insurance agents and brokers who provide insurance for millions of Americans.

Roger Howell is the President of Howell Benefit Services Inc., which he founded in 1983. Roger has worked with decision makers as an employee benefits advisor since 1978.  His primary professional responsibilities include client development and integrated planning for national accounts, employers with over 100 employees and professional service practices. Roger's areas of expertise are health and welfare benefits, human resource technology, collective bargaining strategy, cost management, acquisition and merger benefit integration, benefit communication and consumerism.

Howell Benefit Services, Inc., located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, was established in 1983 and provides employee benefit consulting, communication and administration for a diverse group of employers across the country. Howell also specializes in web-based online benefit enrollment, HRMS technology and Third Party Administration. To learn more about Howell, log on:

Media Contact: Donna Abdalla, Howell Benefit Services, 570-831-9903,

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